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- An ancient country of west-central Italy bordering on the Tyrrhenian Sea. It was dominated by Rome after the third century B.C.
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- proper n. A region of central Italy.
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- n. an ancient region of west central Italy (southeast of Rome) on the Tyrrhenian Sea
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Lavinia's pre-Roman Latium is pagan, of course, but does not have the anthropomorphised gods that Virgil knows.
Thereupon Æneas founded a city which he named Lavinium and the country was called Latium and the people there were termed Latins.
Dio's Rome, Volume 1 (of 6) An Historical Narrative Originally Composed in Greek during the Reigns of Septimius Severus, Geta and Caracalla, Macrinus, Elagabalus and Alexander Severus: and Now Presented in English Form
If you will look at the map of Italy on the opposite page, you will find near the middle of the peninsula and facing the west coast a district called Latium,  and Rome its capital.
The country in which the Trojans had now landed was called Latium, and
Hannibal (in profile) as a youth © Clipart. comAt first, Rome was just one small city-state in the area of Latin-speaking people known as Latium, on the west side of the peninsula of Italy.
As mentioned earlier, Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, today celebrated Pontifical Mass in the usus antiquior and ordained five priests for the Franciscans of the Immaculate (FFI) in the church of St. Francis in Tarquinia (a small town in Latium).
But the real masters of estival retreat were the Romans and the Renaissance popes and princes who followed them into the hills of Latium.
First, Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, will celebrate Pontifical Mass and ordain five priests for the Franciscans of the Immaculate (FFI) in the church of St. Francis in Tarquinia (a small town in Latium) on the Feast of the Annunciation (25 March 2009) at 10 a.m.
People from the Italian region of Lazio (Latium in Latin), of course would have top claim to the name (as in fact they do in many other contexts).